‘I, Daniel Blake’ film screening in Wisbech sparks interest in claimants support group in the town and north Fenland

A free screening of the award winning I, Daniel Blake in Wisbech has sparked interest in benefit sup

A free screening of the award winning I, Daniel Blake in Wisbech has sparked interest in benefit support group. - Credit: Archant

A free screening of the award winning film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ in Wisbech has prompted a call for a new group to help those claiming benefits to be set up in the town.

Around 50 people were at the free community screening at the Oasis Centre on Saturday.

Following a post film discussion led by representatives of the Unite Community Section, which advises and represents benefit claimants at appeals, members of the audience stayed behind to discuss setting up a local branch of Unite Community Section.

The group decided to hold its first meeting on March 11 at the Oasis Centre at 2pm.

Anyone who is interested in joining this group and/or helping to set up the branch is welcome to attend. James Youd from Cambridge Unite Community Branch will be present to help the group get started and provide advice and support.

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Terry Stevens, secretary of Wisbech/March Trades Council which organised the screening of the film, said: “The film is very emotional and we are pleased that we have been able to encourage such a positive outcome to screening the film. The Trades Council will offer what support it can to assist this new trade union branch in Wisbech.”

Membership of the branch is open to any unemployed, volunteer or retired workers, students and carers in the north Fenland area. Anyone interested in joining, or finding out more about the group can contact the Trades Council at wmdtuc@gmail.com

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